May 21, 2018
By Matt Clark
The Season XVI WPT Tournament of Champions is around the corner. On Thursday, May 24, 2018, World Poker Tour title holders will embark on fabulous Las Vegas to compete in the prestigious event at ARIA Resort & Casino. The final table will play out at Esports Arena Las Vegas at Luxor Hotel & Casino on Saturday, May 26. In lead up to the event, WPT.com is featuring all of the winners from Season XVI, who, along with the hefty first-place prize, earned a $15,000 seat into the season-ending WPT Tournament of Champions. Next up is Larry Greenberg, who topped a field of 126 entries in the WPT Bellagio Elite Poker Championship to win $378,879.
Larry Greenberg’s win at the WPT Bellagio Elite Poker Championship solidified his place among the top performing businessmen in the poker world. The 54-year-old former hedge fund manager from suburban Boston took down a, well, elite field of 126 entrants to earn his seat in the WPT Tournament of Champions. Greenberg declared before the final table that if he won, part of the $378,879 in earnings would go toward a buy-in to the $300,000 Super High Roller Bowl.
His proclamation came true and Greenberg has a busy week of poker lined up for himself at ARIA Resort & Casino.
Greenberg has cashes on the World Poker Tour dating back to Season VII. Now retired, Greenberg enjoyed his transition from the hedge fund by taking down his first career major title.
“For any competitive person, being able to compete with the best and come out on top is the ultimate goal,” Greenberg said. “I have received awards during my investing career, won club championships in tennis, but there is something very special about a WPT title because you know it came against the best players in the world.”
Greenberg competes against the best on a regular basis when he enters WPT Main Tour events, as well as high rollers. The Super High Roller Bowl is a new level for Greenberg and he warmed up to the event with a prior cash in the WSOP $111,111 One Drop High Roller along with entries in other $25,000 to $100,000 buy-in events.
When Greenberg sits down at Super High Roller Bowl, he’ll join fellow Season XVI champion Dennis Blieden. Blieden’s $1 million score at the WPT L.A. Poker Classic paved the way for his entry.
“I play poker for the intellectual challenge of learning the game and competing against the very best players in the world,” Greenberg told WPT.com. “By playing high roller events, I know I am playing against the very best.”
The limited schedule that hamstrung Greenberg is looser since his retirement. Greenberg has a condo in Las Vegas and played recently on Poker After Dark.
Greenberg’s commitment to his prior occupation forced him to put together a schedule at the start of each year. Greenberg announced the summer to be his “poker season.”
“My poker calendar is determined by what other commitments I have at the time,” Greenberg said. “Every year I put all the major tournaments on my calendar and then if I can keep my calendar free for the event, I am in and ready to go. I have a big month of poker coming up, including a filming of Poker After Dark, the WPT Bobby Baldwin Classic, the TOC, and the Super High Roller Bowl. And that is all even before the World Series begins. My poker season is off to a great start and I hope the confidence of winning my first WPT title can lead to many more wins in the coming weeks, months, and years.”
The first win is made more special for Greenberg by the support he received from the rail by his daughter, Lindsay.
Lindsay Greenberg was on the rail for all of the final table to cheer her father to victory. The younger Greenberg sat a table length away from her dad for eight hours the day after the WPT win as he competed in the WPT Bellagio $25,000 High Roller.
The Greenberg family went through a tragic loss in 2017 when Larry’s son, Jeffrey, passed away.
“Winning the title with my daughter meant everything to me as we have had a very tough year losing our son and her brother last year,” Greenberg told WPT.com.
Greenberg’s foray into more high roller play is a result of the work he’s put into his game. The time away from Greenberg’s day-to-day living opens up additional focus for his passions. Poker being one of them, Greenberg plans to spend more energy than ever to compete at a high level against the best in the world.
“My time is now roughly split between investing, philanthropy, and my hobbies, which include golf, tennis, and, of course, poker,” Greenberg said. “As high rollers have become more frequent and there are more young players taking the game to new levels, it has become imperative that I spend more time on improving my game. It is amazing to think back to my first WPT tournament back in 2007 at Foxwoods where I finished 17th and how little I really understood about the game compared to today.”
The welcome meeting with tenacious opponents is a loaded affair for Greenberg at ARIA. The $10,000 buy-in WPT Bobby Baldwin Classic presents Greenberg with the rare chance to go back-to-back in winning WPT Main Tour events. The WPT Tournament of Champions boasts the best from all eras of the World Poker Tour. Super High Roller Bowl is a new adventure for Greenberg, who stands as one of 48 in the ultra-high-stakes event.
Should Greenberg continue his recent level of success he may soon find himself among “the best” that he wants to beat.
For the full list of features on Season XVI WPT champions, see below.
– “Paul Petraglia Enters WPT Tournament of Champions with a Plan”
– “Road Warrior Pete Chen is Wheels Up for the WPT Tournament of Champions”
– “Dennis Blieden is the WPT Tournament of Champions’ Million Dollar Man”
– “Jay Lee Turns WPT Choctaw Win Into Business Venture”
– “Rens Feenstra Plays for the WPT Amsterdam Double Dutch”
– “Maxime Heroux Carries the Canadian Flag into the WPT Tournament of Champions”
– “Eric Afriat’s Passion Goes to ARIA for WPT Tournament of Champions”
– “Scott Margereson’s Game Matches His Online Fame”
– “Ryan Tosoc Reflects on His “Ultimate Success” Prior to WPT Tournament of Champions”
– “David Larson’s Freeroll Continues at WPT Tournament of Champions”
– “Guo Liang Chen is the WPT Tournament of Champions Wildcard”
– “Larry Greenberg’s Retirement Starts with a WPT Title“
The Season XVI WPT Tournament of Champions runs May 24-26, 2018 in Las Vegas. If you’re interested in becoming a WPT champion and competing in this event, you can play for your chance on ClubWPT.com. ClubWPT is where eligible VIP members can play for more than $100,000 in cash and prizes each month, including seats to WPT events. No purchase is necessary for the ClubWPT sweepstakes and the service is void in states where prohibited. See terms and conditions at ClubWPT.com.